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Hello Dr.,

Thank you for taking the time to check out my photo.  I had two teeth extracted, one being a bicuspid and one being a molar. On Monday Sept 23rd due to extreme pain from an abscess under the molar.  The bicuspid was a completely broken crown that had worn down to near gum level and the dentist recommended removal.

Today is the 27th and the molar looks to be healing fine as far as I know.  After some internet reading as people are prone to do, I began to read about dry socket and I just wanted to inquire if had it.  There is no swelling or pain really around the gum and my breath does not have any serious odor(unless my wife is lying to me about that, which she definintely wouldn't).  I just see a dark spot on the gum that is worrying me.  Would you please take a look at my pictures?

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Greetings Michael.

Sorry for the delay.  Great photos!.  It makes me realize how much medicine could be practiced through cyberspace.  The photos and your description lead me to the conclusion that everything is healing normally  There are signs or symptoms of dry socket.

I repeat, great diagnostic photos.  

Larry Burnett DDS

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I can answer questions about prevention, elimination of, and non surgical treatment of periodontal diseases and early tooth decay. I can't answer questions concerning dental insurance payments.


Taught hygienists in a major dental hygiene school for about 20 years. Taught hands on courses concerning these categories to Dentists and Hygienists throughout the US and Canada including repeat lectures at the Annual Scientific Sessions of A.D.A. and A.G.D over several years. Personal hands on delivery of preventive hygiene services to disadvantaged children through a mobile school based prevention program.

RDH Magazine, Parkell, Dental India and some places of which I'm not aware.

Medical College of Virginia ( VCU) School of Dentistry.

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